A few thoughts have struck me as of late and I feel it would do well to relate them; as skimming them off from a boiling mind. I would say of actions that we only tread a path once and in treading establish our choices, our ideals, and on a great whole define our being. We define this by our choices just as we hold them to the standard of self-fulfillment that we may live within what we have deemed and established to be ourselves. Choices and decisions as they come are judged on their results not on the range of possibilities or myriad of roaming selections that may or may not have crossed the persons mind at the time of action. This very fact as we are quite aware is the basis of that critical glass through which we view and judge our fellow man.
To take a quote from Dumbledore, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” So do not deal rash glare and disdain to those choices of past taken in the breath and life of the beating moment. Do not ask if he or she had met another would they care enough to still be in my life.
For such thoughts are the destruction of happiness in your own world. In that world you have called and built a home, of woven stories and emotions, tears, trials, and success. Do not take that away in one swift glance by measuring the “is” against the “could have been”, for thousands of probabilities and possibilities crowd upon the path your life will take and though you may see many such strands they cloud the ambiguous future.
So this is my final note to you in this. Live in the snow globe you have been given, the one you have chosen, and the one the variance of life has bequeathed to you. Take not to the thoughts of other globes, for you cannot mix them with the present but only in future choice change and amend the one you have.
Genre: Life, Society
Not found in tribute or idle praise,
nor the languishing minds
through glass and mirrored water
which crave and despise;
but a more lovely form,
not wholly from the arms
of nature coddled and reared,
yet from the imbuing crystals
of the heart’s well thought mind,
refracts the light from no foreign source,
diffusing the natures of beauty and blessing
to exude from words, a blooming smile,
and the hands that prod away each trial.
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What is Intelligence? Dictionary.com defines this as “capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.” and also “the faculty of understanding”. Though this seems rather broad I proffer a new definition. I submit to you intelligence as the assimilation of knowledge and ability to project such accumulation with articulation. Though this raises questions. For are those that cannot articulate, at least well that is, less intelligent? Perhaps yes and no would be correct, and for that we need to divide intelligence into not one dogmatic definition but by many. As we all know there are various types of “smarts” such as “street-smart” and “book-smart” to name the two most common labels of society. But there exists a plethora of others, and I do not attempt here to label them all or give them their due course, but to state the most accurate definition as I see it.
Now that we have agreed upon a standard, or perhaps corollary as it were, I would like to contrast the concept of knowledge base. It has recently come to my attention a question over the word “smart”. Once I began to answer the question I realized it was a much more complicated answer than I could simply give. For even the famed IQ or Intelligence Quotent Tests are not capable of providing a sound answer but by a mere suggestion and commonly held view by society. So to answer this question I first asked, what is the difference between the minds of two people? The answer: knowledge base, is evident. For through geography, culture, preference, and education level we each accumulate our own knowledge base that in turn prescribes our views, outlooks, translation of information, and social interaction. We feed the world around us through our senses and into this knowledge base to derive meaning and determine decisions both present and future. But is this simply a measure of the word “smart”? No, of course not, they are separate and distinct though they influence each other and are often confused, intelligence is separated from knowledge base. Though this is by this earlier definition I described of intelligence, as you are already pondering many scenarios in which a type or segment of intelligence readily applies, such as auxiliary-conversational intelligence, or enriching a conversation with additional information on the subject matter. So you ask now perhaps…why the point? What does it matter that knowledge base and intelligence in this instance be separated? Because when separated they can be measured more accurately and that is the reason for a singular definition applied to intelligence, to allow for that separation; which with the varied definition and meaning of intelligence would be nigh impossible.
So now for a final question…who is smart..smarter..smartest? It has been my view that, barring mental infirmity, “anyone can learn anything, the only variable being time.” So it is that which I gauge the measure of the question posed, “who is smart?” Time. That singular variable and the measure of it being the best way to more accurately distinguish intelligence then coupled with the projection and retention of information. The dynamic duo of articulable retention and time being the best answer in this case to what is, who is, and how do we measure “smart”.